TimeOut Chicago magazine has a review of the book in their upcoming issue! Or at least an article that functions as a review. You can read the article by clicking the thumbnail below or going to the TimeOut Chicago website.
By the way, perhaps you noticed that the article about my book is 3/4 of the page. Who takes up the other 1/4? Could that be Christopher Hitchens? Hell, yes! I’ve made it. His book, God is Not Great, gets 4/6 stars and 1/3 Hemantspace. (Let me bask in my pseudo-glory, just this once.) Not only that, Hitchens’ review begins:
His fatwah envy apparently unsatisfied by the response to his recent Vanity Fair essay explaining why women aren’t funny, erudite bovver boy Christopher Hitchens sets out to piss off the rest of the world with this contribution to the growing canon of neo-atheist tracts.
I love it. Bonus points for any reader who throws the phrase “fatwah envy” into random conversation.
Anyway, here’s the bad and good of the article.
- I made the cardinal mistake of saying the word “like” during the phone interview. Not only did they quote me saying it, they used it as part of the pull-out quotation (in large font). My high school speech team coaches would be so disappointed…
- Here’s a part of the review:
As an author, Mehta… inflicts I Sold My Soul on eBay with a sort of mathematical sheen, and his plain prose tends to make his procedural accounts of rote church services a slog to get through, too.
A slog?! I think I should be upset about this… if only it wasn’t the coolest derogatory comment I’ve ever heard.
- The review got better:
But where he really lights up is in his offbeat observations of absurd, head-scratching rituals like the “Christian mosh pit” at New Life Church in Colorado; the 24-hour prayer hotline that asks him to leave a message; or the Christian business directories that cause him to wonder, Do Christians think non-Christians are not good to do business with?
- [See comments about Chris Hitchens column space]
I wonder which definition of “slog” was being used…
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